Global Human Capital Executive, Stared his career in Mexico with Celanese, Pepsi, Philips in the Netherlands, leading HR for the Global Business Group of Automotive and Special Lighting, and 14 years for Marsh & McLennan in the United States, leading HR and Sales Operations for Latin America. Most recently founded his own boutique with focus on Corporate Governance, Customer Centricity and the growth of Family Firms as well as Co-Founder of the Strategic Human Capital Consortium. Alejandro, his wife and three daughters have been members of St. Thomas since 2016. That same year Alejandro became responsible on behalf of St. Thomas of feeding the homeless at Chapman partnership at Downtown Miami.
Melissa Johnson Tolmach
Melissa is a wife, mother, daughter, longtime Episcopalian and Miami native. She was raised at St.Philips Episcopal Church in Coral Gables and has been a member of St. Thomas since 1996. Melissa’s two children, Miles (10) and Anderson (7), attend St. Thomas Episcopal Parish School and her husband,Peter, is Head of Middle School at Palmer Trinity School. She works as an Interior Designer and Project Manager for developer 13th Floor Investments in Miami. Melissa has served on the boards of The Junior League of Miami and Beaux Art at the University of Miami. Melissa attended Florida State University.
Wendy Coles was born in Ottawa, Canada and is a life-long Anglican. After graduation from college, she moved to the US to pursue graduate studies. She holds a BA from the University of Waterloo in Social Work, a Masters in Community Leadership from Central Michigan University and a PhD from Michigan State University in Adult and Continuing Education. Upon retirement from General Motors following 25 years of service, mostly as an Internal Consultant, she ran a shelter for homeless girls in inner city Detroit. After moving to Florida, she coordinated services for people who are homeless across Monroe County, Florida.
Wendy volunteers at Fairchild Gardens, serves on the Board of Directors at Royal Palm Tennis Club and coordinates the Outreach Community at St. Thomas. While living in Key West, she served as Senior Warden and as a member of the Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Wendy is the proud grandmother of three little boys who live in northern Michigan. Wendy began worshiping at St. Thomas in 2013 with her partner Jack Brumbaugh.
Since joining St. Thomas in 2018, Shannon has become an active member of the parish. She is a member of the Outreach Committee and serves as an usher at the traditional service. Shannon donates her time to assist with the church’s social media outreach and brand awareness efforts. Shannon works as the associate director of the Center for Leadership at Florida International University. In this role, she is responsible for the development and management of new and ongoing initiatives geared towards the continuous advancement and growth of The Center. Shannon also serves as liaison for The Center’s educational leadership programs with Miami-Dade and Broward County Public Schools and The Center’s Board of Advisors. In addition to working full-time, Shannon is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at FIU in Public Affairs with a research focus in educational policy and public sector leadership. She received her Master of Business Administration in Human Resource Management in 2011 and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business from FIU.
Tina Lane was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Miami in 1952. She became a member of St. Stephen’s parish and transferred to St. Thomas parish in 1982. Her three daughters attended St. Stephen’s School and her four granddaughters have attended St. Thomas School. Tina was part of the group that founded Trinity Episcopal School which later merged with the Palmer School to become Palmer Trinity. She was Chairman of the Palmer Trinity Board during the merger and for two years thereafter. Over the years, Tina served on the Palmer Trinity board on two separate occasions. Her current employment is President of the Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation (providing support to non-profit charitable organizations).
Michael Maguire is married to Kasia with whom he has two daughters, both of whom graduated from St. Thomas Episcopal School. He has been a member of the parish since 2004 and has previously served four years on the Vestry. He is an attorney practicing personal injury litigation with the firm of Maguire & Friend, PA.